Junior School’s Pass Over-Earth Day Celebration April 21st, 2017
Annually, Christians celebrate Easter and it becomes merely festivities and losing its spiritual essential meaning. To counter this phenomenon, we need to take a firm step to redeem the celebration through Passover which is meant to embrace the concept of God’s love through Christ. The Center of our devotion, discussion and songs is the Cross. In our expectation, Students will be more considerate and aware about the Cross and the truth behind it.
The earth belongs to God (Psalm 24:1, 1 Cor 10:26) and He is the one who sustains everything (Heb 1:3, Job 5:10) and all things was created for Christ (Gen 1:1, Isa 45:18, Col 1:16) and humans were created to radiate/proclaim about His glory (Gen 1:27, 2 Tim 3:17)
Obviously, people have destroyed the nature by sinning against God since the event at the Garden of Eden and the impact was they were detached from Him and inharmonious between people and the nature that God cursed the earth due to the sinning. The impact of sin is thorough and foundamental that it distorts people’s rule towards the nature. Excessive exploitotion was one of the major example of how they put aside the stewardship mandate. Therefore, Passover must go first or is the fondation of celebrating Earth Day.
We cooperated with Biblical Studies teachers to prepare Devotinal materials and design Devotional tracks which will represents Earth Day. For Kindy and Grade 1-2, they made up Flip-Flap book from papers for which they record their Devotion reflection. For Grade 3-6, Students are making Devotional Tree which is made from used bottle, newspapers and green HVS papers.
At culminating day, we had Passover Chapel for Kindy and Junior and Students dressed in colors resembling the beauty of God’s creation. Also, They learned and experienced of how we take care of God’s creation by making a vertical garden and terrariums. From this activities, students are expected to learn responsibility and experience struggles of bringing stewardship mandate into a practice by keeping the plants alive. They will carry out this program until the end of School year.
We worked hand in hand with Biblical Studies teachers to prepare the devotion materials and we as Earth Day committee took part in designing Devotional Track and Culminating Activites to guide students achieveing the goals as we mention above, which we summarize as below:
1. Students will embrace the true meaning of Passover based on bible as the momen when God saved us through the cross and through His triumph of resurection; It is God’ effort and wit encapsulated in His grace; so that students could counter the bias and distortion of wordly/hedonism Easter.
2. Students can comprehend the creation purpose of people as God’s representatives on Earth and take part in Stewardship by faithfully centering their life to Christ and having relationship with Him; and students will respond biblically to every people’s efforts of restoration.
3. Students owns the understanding and actions as God’s partners in redemptive restoration started from small circle such as in their class, home, neighborhood, and cities.